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Magnolia Cafe South

#29 of 2,999 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
6:00 am - 5:30 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 5:30 am
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Houston, Texas
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have eaten here for breakfast, and dinner, and what else can be said but YUM! It's an Austin type of place. Heck the Open sign reads "Sorry, we're open". Great food, and good service.

Thank toballou
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to find a place on South Congress to bridge the gap between a late breakfast and late dinner. The sign outside says, "Sorry, we're open" which was the first clue that we might be in for something a little different. We were promptly seated and greeted by our gracious, friendly and a bit comical server John Mark. Another... More 

Thank Eric S
Miami, Florida
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to our regular breakfast spot when we visit our son at UT (South Congress Cafe) without realizing it opens 10:00 am. Happily discovered Magnolia Cafe down the street and had a wonderful breakfast..Excellent variety of Eggs Benedict dishes, home fries and pancakes! Extensive menu. Great service as well. Great find and will be added to our breakfast rotation when... More 

Thank anaesq
Marathon, Florida
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stooped on the way out of town for breakfast after someone suggested the place. Glad we got there early as the place filled up fast. Had a veggie omelet which was good but not great. Hubby had the bagel locks holandaise which looked yummy. Came with fresh fruit on the side. Not the best I"ve had but not the worst... More 

Thank tursigirl
Edmonton, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had breakfast at this cafe with my family, all of us had smiles on our faces afterwards! Service was great, helpful, and fast. Every meal came out hot and tasty. The lemon sour cream sauce was a hit.

Thank Tom R
Cleveland, Ohio
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99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came for breakfast on Sunday around 8:30. I was able to get a seat right away at the counter but by the time I left, the line for a table was right out of the door! Apparently, the earlier, the better! I had the gingerbread pancakes and they were awesome! I would highly recommend them. I also thought the... More 

Thank Robin M
New Delhi, India
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool little 24/7 diner off South Congress. They serve breakfast 24/7 but their regular menu has plenty of variety for lunch or dinner. Came for dinner and there was no wait. Ambiance is really unique and laid back. Service was perfect. If you're ordering appetizers then the nachos are a must. Also the Neptunian landscape was to die for... More 

Thank Ashley C
Decatur, Georgia
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived on a Saturday morning for brunch and the line was OUT the door. It was packed. We put our name on the wait list. It was about a 45 minute wait time. So glad we waited. The food was amazing. The eggs benedict was awesome!

Thank Jackie W
Golden, Colorado
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say? This restaurant (and this location) holds a significant place in my heart... Many a time I have gone here after a show for late night food. There is ALWAYS a long line after 2 AM and a wait out the door but it moves quick so don't screw around and miss your call. Try the fried... More 

Thank Tyce A
Corpus Christi, Texas
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in during ACL weekend and everything was still wonderful despite the crowd. Food was delicious. Service was friendly. Great spot!

Thank sonyahilltv

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 am - 5:30 am
6:00 am - 5:30 am
6:00 am - 5:30 am
6:00 am - 5:30 am
6:00 am - 5:30 am
6:00 am - 5:30 am
6:00 am - 5:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-445-0000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?